Jan 19, 2013 3:00am PST
,000 and a couple of days' vacation, but he's going again. >> i knew on the night that he was re-elected as president of the united states, that i wanted to return to washington to be part of this celebration. >> the president-elect of the united states, barack h. obama. >> reporter: the last inauguration saw 1.8 million americans braving the freezing temperatures and crushing crowds to witness this moment. this year, the crowds are not expected to be as big -- >> nice to see you again, welcome back. >> reporter: but still enough to fill hotels like the historic willard, where steve blum says he's met seven presidents. >> i got a fist bump from obama. >> reporter: and everyone has learned that the festivities are not really about any one person. >> what we celebrate is that we are the greatest democracy on this planet and that we could have this transition of power, whether it be second term or whatever it be, like no other country can. >> you might not like the president, you might not like his politics, but he's the president. he's the only one we have. >> reporter: theodore roosevelt
Jan 19, 2013 4:00am PST
. it sounds like the republicans are getting to the point where, and we heard this right after the election, that they understood what they needed to do to attract latinos to the party, when you hear sean hannity talk about, we have to do comprehensive immigration reform, you know they've moved the needle. i think that marco's proposal is very positive. i've talked to a lot of the latino groups and they've even said positive things about it. a good place to start. we'll see where it needs to go from there. >> because they're certainly expecting it. >> no question. the latino community will hold this president's feet to the fire. more importantly, they will hold to the republicans' feet to the fire as well, and hopefully that will be enough to push both parties to do the right thing. >> their voices are going to be heard, even this weekend here on the national mall. >> i'll tell you this, the president owes them a huge debt of gratitude, so he better deliver. >> that's exactly right. and republicans want to do it, if they ever want to have any chance of ever getting to the white house again.